by Susan Weidman Schneider

Optimism, Months Ago

Despite current bad news for Jews, reasons for hope.

Hope, Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance (St. Martin’s, $24.95) by Edgar M. Bronfman and Beth Zasloff appeared a few months ago, when the world looked rosier. In those halcyon days, pre-Madoff, pre-market meltdown, philanthropist Bronfman, and Zasloff, an alumna of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, set forth the areas of Jewish life where our energies should go, where funding should be directed, and where worrying should stop. Think positive!

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